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Construction update: Silver Spring Addition

The Addition to this Ranch style home has been under construction for almost two months. Demolition of the existing sunroom, exterior concrete stair was completed in about a week. This included saw cutting of the existing carport concrete slab for the new mudroom foundations and removing the existing kitchen cabinets. Framing of the Additions proceeded for the next two weeks and required covering the roof with a tarp to prevent leaks into the existing portions of the house. The taller dining room ceiling and large window openings already feels really spacious adjacent to the existing kitchen. Over the last few Read More

Construction update: Petworth Open Concept

It’s been over 2 months since we posted updates on this townhouse renovation, so as you can imagine there has been a lot of progress. During that time-span wall framing, ductwork, insulation, plumbing, electrical wiring and a new TPO roof was installed. Spray foam insulation was installed at the addition walls to seal any openings in the existing side walls that were retained. During demolition we discovered that the old roof access was concealed with drywall as part of one of the numerous renovations over the years. A new roof access hatch with folding ladder was installed above the main Read More

Punch List: Kingman Park Renovation

Last week we did a punch list review for our Kingman Park Master Suite project. The project consisted of gutting the entire second floor of a townhouse to create a main bedroom suite, guest bath, laundry, office and bedroom. We started design back in late January and received a permit 4 weeks later. After 2-1/2 months of construction our client moved in last week. There are still a few outstanding items like the main bathroom shower glass and some adjustments to the new low profile radiators but we’re almost there. More details on renderings, floor plan transformation & construction photos Read More

Residential design in the era of COVID-19

As an architect, I am inspired by the architecture community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those specializing in healthcare. The coronavirus has created a surge of temporary hospitals and testing sites in spaces like convention centers and parking lots. Additionally, global “stay at home orders” has forced us to spend more time at home with our families. With this home life immersion, we’ve enjoyed the perks of telecommuting, but also experienced the shortcomings of not being prepared. I’d like to share some of the COVID-19 residential design issues I’ve noticed while on “lock-down” with my family of four. Virtual Read More